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Volume II, No. 033



July 3, 2013

Davao police fired up on mayor’s drug campaign l Police needs more equip- got fired up with Mayor ment to bolster efficiency Rodrigo Duterte’s declaraDAVAO City--The Davao City Police Office (DCPO)

SC releases SALN of millionairejustices THE Supreme Court on Monday released the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) for 2012 of the 15 justices of the highest court of the land. It appeared Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo is the richest magistrate with a net worth of P109,743,118.28 while the poorest magistrate is Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor Leonen with a net worth of P1,674,623.22. The total net worth of the 15 SC justices from the richest to the poorest is as follows: 1. Mariano C. Del Castillo -- P109,743,118.28; 2. Antonio T. Carpio -P83,885,614.57; 3. Bienvenido L. Reyes -- P76,542,167.31; 4. Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe -- P73,827,435.00; saln | page 11

tion that he would intensify the campaign against drug pushers and perpetrators of

heinous crimes in the city but at the same time asked for additional firearms and equipment to improve its efficiency.

“The mayor’s statement during his oath-taking has given lots of encouragement to the police to perform our jobs well considering that

the chief executive is very supportive,” DCPO chief Sr. Supt. Ronald dela Rosa said during Monday’s Kapihan held at SM Annex.

However, he said, PNP Davao’s operations would be more efficient and effective given more resources

DavSur guv sees a drug-free province Guns, more guns for PNP personnel

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday personally led the distribution of brand new 22, 603 units of Glock 17 Generation 4 pistols at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. In symbolic ceremonies, President Aquino, assisted by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima, handed over the Glock 17 safe-action 9mm pistols to PNP personnel who were pre-selected to receive the new service firearms. President Aquino said that when he assumed office in 2010, almost 50 percent of PNP personnel didn’t have service

The Glock 17 Gen. 4 9mm pistol, the official handgun issued to US police, would be issued to selected police officers assigned in major tourist destinations and urban GUNS | page 11 centers in the county. PHOTO SUPPLIED

30 people including IPs train as Mt. Apo guides DAVAO City-- A total of 30 participants including 11 members of the indigenous peoples (IPs) tribes have qualified for the three-day Mountain Guide (Naturalist) Training for Mt. Apo starting yesterday, July 2 at the Methodist Spotswood Training Center in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. “This training is part of the continuous capability training for the local industry players of the city, said Tourism Operations Officer Joey Recimilla of the Kidapawan City Tourism and Investment These tribal Filipinos need no training as Promotion Center (KICTIPC). mountain guides. Definitely, they know the The training is spearheaded by the mountains like the palm in their hands. However, Department of Natural Resources-City they need formal training to be accredited as tourist guides. PHOTO SUPPLIED

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DRUG | page 11


IGOS CITY, Davao del Sur -- Newly-installed Governor Claude Bautista has vowed to eradicate illegal drugs in the province in three to four months.

The time-frame he gave was shorter than what he had promised during the election period when he said he would stamp out the drug menace within six months. In a press briefing after his oath-taking Sunday afternoon, Bautista said he has felt that even before election time, intensified anti-illegal drugs operations were conducted by joint forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) DRUG-FREE | page 11

Gov. Claude Bautista

MARKET DAY. Market-goers enjoy an assortment of vegetables in Makilala, North Cotabato on Saturday 29 June 2013. The town is one of the top producers of vegetables in the province. Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

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Local gov’t execs vow to make CDO climate-resilient By BONG D. FABE

NOTING the threats the city is facing from a changing climate, local government executives yesterday vowed to pursue “green” policies and programs that will make a climate-resilient Cagayan de Oro. Local government officials, led by Mayor Oscar Moreno, however, admitted they don’t have the expertise needed to make this “ambitious” program a reality, thus, they need the help of all sectors, especially civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) that are championing climate change mitigation and adaptation, and disaster risk reduction programs. “Programs on disaster mitigation must go together with programs that will make our communities resilient to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation,” said Rep. Rolando “Klarex”

Uy (1st District, LP). Uy said he is willing to learn how he can best help his constituents in the first legislative district, especially his own Barangay Carmen — where he served as long-time chairman before becoming congressman — become disaster resilient since many parts of the district are very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. He said Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) was “a great learning experience” for him, which “made me more eager to run [for congressman] because I don’t want to bring my people suffering and serving the people is my passion.” He said his main legislative agenda in Congress is to ensure that NGOs, NGAs (non-government agencies) and institutions that have the expertise in climate change adaptation, mitigation and building resilient communities are

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano points out to reporters the damages in the governor’s office at the capitol. He also said the comfort room has no running water and that the former governor left no furniture. Emano sat at the office on yesterday to begin his new administration of the province. PHOTO BY:GERRY LEE GORIT

supported by government to pursue their programs for the good of everyone. Uy stressed that Cagayan de Oro can no longer afford a repeat of Sendong and Pablo, which devastated the city on December 16, 2011 and December 4, 2012, respectively. He said he will work with Barangay Carmen’s partner non-government organization (NGO) in the

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implementation of CCA/ DRR programs, especially in making the first district communities disaster-resilient. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, CDP), who is known as a “green” legislator for his work of championing local environmental issues, said that integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the city’s development

plan and decision-making processes/policies has now become an imperative. “We will make sure that disaster risk reduction/ climate change adaptation policies and programs are integrated into the city’s development plan. This is the only way we can ensure the city’s continued growth and development,” he said. Rodriguez noted various scientific studies that show

Senator Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III delivers a speech at the Freedom Kiosk in Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City last Sunday June 20 while his father, former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. ( seated, left) listens. The younger Pimentel is one of two Mindanaoans in the Senate. The other one is Teofisto Guingona III of Bukidnon. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

that Cagayan de Oro is under constant threat from sea-level rise, flashfloods and other impacts from climate change due to its location and advance degradation of its environment, especially in the hinterlands. Like his counterpart in the first legislative district, he urged the participation of every sector of the Cagayan de Oro society to ensure that the environment is adequately protected from further damage. “Kagay-anons should also realized that they have a vital role to play in ensuring that the city become climate change-impact resilient like not throwing their garbage anywhere and follow the law on proper waste segregation,” he said. For his part, Moreno said he will continue in the city what he started in the province especially in protecting Cagayan de Oro from climate-induced natural disasters and calamities. Moreno said that his administration will make sure that the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) will be functional and that the 20 percent Disaster Risk Reduction Fund will be invested in projects that will increased the resiliency of disaster-vulnerable communities, like those along the Cagayan de Oro River. Under the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121) local government units can spend up to 70% of the 20% DRR Fund for projects that increase the capacity of communities to respond to calamities. Only 30% of the DRR Fund is reserved for disaster response. “Let’s enforce all environmental laws. This is for our own good, the good of our beloved city.” (Bong D. Fabe)

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Lami-Lamihan 2013: 30 years of ‘merry-making’ in Lamitan By Rene V. Carbayas of the Philippine Information Agency

ISABELA CITY, Basilan–– Celebration is a typical Filipino trait that expresses the unique characteristic of being happy and grateful, as one commemorates significant moments of one’s life through merry-making in the form of dance and music. And often this is shared by the community. The idea of celebration and merry-making (maglami-lami ) for the Yakan’s of Basilan has led to the evolution of a local tradi-

tion called Lami-Lamihan observed annually during the last weeks of June. This culminates at the town fiesta—Catholic’s feast of the city’s patron Saint Peter the Apostle on June 29 where a unique exchange of beliefs and traditions of cultures happens. The Yakans, the local indigenous group who embraced Islam decades ago, showcased their unique culture of rituals, music, and dance for some two to three days ahead of the

local Christian Catholic fiesta tradition. Decades of interaction and intermarriages result in a blend of culturallyrich community that combines the heritage of various peoples and cultures in the island province. For fear of losing the unique local traditions, the local government conceived thirty years ago the annual Lami-Lamihan to remind and educate young generations about the beauty of

the Yakan culture. Since then, the festival became the avenue for cultural preservation and development and promoted as a tourist destination. For 2013, the LamiLamihan adopted the theme: “Lami-Lamihan: Ngayon, Bukas tuloy and kasiyahan (Lami-Lamihan: Today, Tomorrow onward to Merrymaking)” , to instill into young peoples’ consciousness of appreciating LAMITAN | page 8

The Yakans of Basilan Island This short introduction is based on a writeup by Reuben Muzarin, a Yakan, who is documenting his ancestral history and culture.

THE Yakans are the traditional settlers of Basilan Island in the Southern Philippines, situated to the west of Zamboanga in Mindanao. It is said that their typical physical characteristics are strikingly different when compared to the other ethnic Filipino groups (relatively high-bridged noses and tall stature). Traditionally they wear colorful, handwoven clothes. The women wear tightfitting short blouses and both sexes wear narrowcut pants resembling breeches. The women covers it partly with a wrap-around material while the man wraps a sash-like cloth around the waist where he places his weapon––usually a long knife. Nowadays most the Yakans wear western clothes and use their traditional clothes only for special festivals. YAKANS | page 8

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IT is terribly offensive to have to read on a major broadsheet––two men kissing on the lips with passion at that. I can only imagine the damage to the kids who will see and read this. It is not enough it seems, that we have cross-dressers on TV with gay-speak as well as on radio as if to propagate their kind. Is there a conspiracy by media to promote the gay culture? If I am not mistaken we are Harry Tambuatco predominantly Catholic in the Philippines and our faith does not share kindly towards this endeavor. While this may be an international news update, we need not promote this behavior openly. News somehow becomes our politics and we need to make our politics responsible to our faith. While we in the Philippines are predominantly Catholic there is no doubt Christians have increased in numbers over the decades especially with the evangelization on TV and radio. Unless you were protestant since birth, Christians were initially Catholics to begin with. Proof of this, is baptism after birth. The gay culture is unacceptable in a Catholic country such as the Philippines however is tolerated. There is no compelling need to promote it either way. Then there is the demonization of children who were somewhat infected after playing “spirit of the glass” allegedly wherein these school children were rushed to churches and hospitals having gone awry in school screaming their heads off. Demons and what-not in the Philippines? Now we know why Dan Brown the author, zeroed in for his “gates of hell” to be in Manila of all places. Again the Church is in the center of all this phenomena as if the faith tolerated issues outside the teachings of Christ. As Catholics, as Christians are we made to believe in the occult? Every time I would mention “karma” or the issues of the feng sui; I was told growing up (and in a Catholic school at that) that we are not supposed to lend importance to this nonsense. In fact our faith does not give any credence whatsoever to these types of tales and yet today we do. Or do we? Unless I am wrong; we are possibly the last bastion of Christianity in Asia being predominantly Catholic with close to 100 million people. Am I wrong?


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Palompon, Leyte’s Kalanggaman Island, records 13 thousand tourists last summer By Roel Amazona

TACLOBAN CITY -- Last summer proved to be favorable to Kalanggaman Island of the town of Palompon with almost 13,000 domestic and foreign tourists who visited the low profile destination. Raoul Bacalla of the municipal eco-tourism

office said that arrivals last April for domestic tourists were 5,474 and 485 foreign. In May, 7,143 tourist arrivals were recorded, composed of 6,569 domestic and 574 foreign tourists. Bacalla added that they are limiting the number of tourists visiting the island to 500 tourists a day for


security and safety reasons. He added they added five staff to the existing personnel in the island as part of their effort to ensure cleanliness and in protecting the ecological aspect of the islet. The eco-tourism officer revealed the islet has become a subject and location of different photogra-

phers to include those with magazines with a national scope, like the Cosmopolitan Philippines magazine that just had its pictorial in the island which will be published on its July or August issue. Kalanggaman Island is 25 minutes travel via speed boat and 45 minutes to an hour travel using ordinary


motorized banca. It is a six-hectare government property that offers turquoise crystal clear waters, fine white sand, dwarf palm trees that naturally dot the island and beautiful sunset that could mesmerize tourists. It also has two sand bars: the eastern sand bar stretches to over 200 me-

ters into the sea, the other sand bar is shorter on the other side. This island paradise is the crown jewel of northwestern Leyte tourism hub. Aside from swimming other activities that can be done in the island are kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and overnight camping. (PNA)

700-yr-old shipwreck antiquities found in central Vietnam HANOI--Thousands of antiquities from an ancient sunken ship have been discovered in Binh Son district in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Ngai, state-run news agency reported on Monday. Among the discovered objects, over 4,000 artifacts, including coins and ceramics, were recovered undamaged, which are believed to date back to the 13th century. The objects were collected from the seabed during an excavation on June 4-23,

A Manobo tribesman from Mt. Magdiwata of San Francisco town takes the lead during the 5th Baoto race, one of the activities that highlighted the Naliyagan Festival in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur last month. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Sydney visitors invited to explore Aboriginal culture SYDNEY -- Visitors to Sydney are invited to enjoy a free bicycle tour through the city’s Aboriginal history next Monday, July 8, 2013, as part of a week-long celebration of indigenous culture. Bikes, helmets and travel bags will be provided for two separate tours with limited spaces on Monday, beginning at 10 a.m. and midday at the Rocks and finishing

in Sydney’s Hyde Park. The one-hour trip will take bike riders through the historical Rocks area, stopping at Circular Quay on Sydney Harbour where Aboriginal men used to spear fish and first contact was made between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Riders will also explore artworks by indigenous artists and take a pit stop at the Australian Museum

to peruse thousands of rare artifacts from past and present Aboriginal culture. “A lot of people don’t realize that Aboriginal culture is everywhere. It’s on your way to work, taking your kids to the park or even going through the city,” said tour guide William Stevens, a Murriwarri man from northern New South Wales. “Just by going for a ride on your bike you can learn

heaps about our culture,” he added. The tour is part of a festival of indigenous culture running from July 7 to 14, 2013. Events include a day of traditional food, song, dance, native animals and art in Hyde Park on Monday, plus a flag-raising ceremony, photography exhibition, artist talks and workshops throughout the week. (PNA/ Xinhua)

according to the Quang Ngai provincial steering board for archaeological exploration and excavation of underwater cultural heritage. The ship measures 20.5 meters long and 5.6 meters wide with 13 holds. Remnants left from holds 4 to 6 prove that the ship caught fire before sinking. The findings are expected to contribute to the research of Vietnam’s ceramics in the 13th century and enrich the country’s cultural heritage.(PNA/Xinhua)

Ilonggo solon supports bid to regain city title ILOILO City--Re-elected congressman Jerry P. Treñas of the lone district of Iloilo City throws full support to reelected Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog’s bid to regain and bring back the title of the original Queen City of the South to this southern city. Iloilo was raised into a city by a royal edict of the Queen Regent Maria Cristina of Spain in 1890 through a royal logo with wordings “La Muy Leal Y Noble Ciudad de Iloilo.” Treñas said the dream of regaining back the city title as queen city starts with a victory of the people in supporting a full ticket of the unified team to run the city government in the next three years. The city solon identified

the many ongoing projects in the city that include the Iloilo City Heritage Tourism Law, upgrading of the West Visayas State University Medical Center, upgrading of the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology into a full university, upgrading and conversion of city streets into national roads, road infrastructures, farm to market roads, and drainage systems, among others. Treñas admitted that his working collaboration with city mayor is as strong as ever as they work together for the common good of Iloilo City. Belonging to the same dominant political party, the city solon said he hopefully aimed for a sustained working relationship with the city officials.(PNA)


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‘Equipment, gadgets to provide lead time before disaster now available’ – DOST

By Noel Najarro

BUTUAN City--A disaster prevention and mitigation sub-committee regional chief told a press forum Monday that equipment and gadgets that may give lead time before a disaster are now installed or are ready for installation in some selected and strategic places in the region. Dept. of Science and Technology Regional Director Dominga Mallonga said the DOST, PAGASA, PHILVOCS and other agencies tasked as the sub-committee on disaster prevention and mitigation through project dubbed as the “Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards” (Project NOAH) which was started last year, had among its components the provision of equipment, which can give the lead time on early warning systems before a disaster or a calamity, such as flood occurs. Mallonga said their office is providing automatic rain gauges and automatic water level monitoring sensors and they have this already for implementation here in the region. According to Mallonga, they have now received a total 63 ARGs and AWLMS to be placed at the 18 prior-

ity river basins throughout the country. Agusan River basin, she said, is among the designated priority areas. In Caraga region, Mallonga said, 20 areas will be identified by the DOST and PAGASA as ARG and AWLMS sites. Currently, their agency, according to her, in coordination with the local government units, had installed seven ARGs and nine AWLMS in Agusan del Sur province and one of such equipment in Agusan del Norte which is installed in the town of Las Nieves. Another five AWLMS will be installed; 4 of these will be in Butuan City and another 1 in Cabadbaran City. “The equipment are now at the DOST regional office ready to be installed,” Mallonga said. The automatic rain gauges according to Mallonga which can monitor the level of water on the bridges which are strategically identified and located. The gadgets can gauge the water level from the rivers and tributaries upstream and can provide the necessary data downstream and may provide enough lead time for preparations. She said the gadgets had

Vehicles navigate against floodwaters due to heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression “Gorio” in Butuan City. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

been tested in Manila during a monsoon (Habagat) rain and it was able to predict six hours before the water level rose in Marikina City. She said in Caraga, the six hours lead time is also enough for pre-emptive or preventive evacuations. Another equipment provided for disaster prevention

and mitigation is the Dopler System, a typhoon tracking system which can predict 24 hours before a typhoon occurs. One of such equipment here in Mindanao, which is operational 24-hours is placed at the town of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur, according to her.

Engr. Lolita Vinalay, the chief meteorologist of PAGASA, Caraga said that in Mindanao, the operational Dopler Systems are located in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur and Tampacan in South Cotabato. Another of such equipment is planned by the government to be installed in

Zamboanga, to cover the whole Mindanao. Vinalay said that one Dopler system has the capacity to monitor 480-500 kilometers. “It can forecast 24 hours before an impounding weather threat occurs and even provide the necessary data of the amount or volume of rainfall,” she said.

environment council By year 2100: 1 in 10 people Palawan to sue nickel mining company will live in climate hotspots By celeste Anna R. Formoso

WASHINGTON -- One out of 10 people around the world is likely to live in a place where two or more sectors such as crop yields, water, ecosystems or health are severely impacted by climate change by the end of this century, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, according to an international study released Monday. The study, which appeared in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identified the southern Amazon basin as the “most prominent” climate impact hotspot, saying that the region is projected to “experience severe changes” in three sectors of crop yields, ecosystems and water availability. The second largest hotspot region is southern Europe, with overlapping changes in water availability and ecosystems. Other hotspots that might experience severe change in multiple sectors included tropical regions in Central America and Africa as well as

northern regions of south Asia. “Overlapping impacts of climate change in different sectors have the potential to interact and thus multiply pressure on the livelihoods of people in the affected regions,” lead author Franziska Piontek of Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said in a statement. “This is why we focus on multisectoral impacts around the world, which turn out to be felt in developed as well as developing countries,” Piontek said. This is the first study to identify hotspots across these sectors based on a comprehensive set of computer simulations both for climate change and for the impacts it is causing. Modelling groups from Germany, China, Japan, the United States and other countries collaborated under the so-called Intersectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project to generate consistent data. They considered impacts re-

lated to water, agriculture, ecosystems and health at different levels of global warming and found that “multisectoral overlap starts to be seen robustly” at a mean global warming of three degrees Celsius above the 1980 to 2010 average. If the average global temperature rise was four degrees Celsius, 11 percent of the world population was “subject to severe impacts in at least two of the four impact sectors” but there is no overlap of severe change in all four sectors, it said. “We get a broader range in projections of future crop yields, for example,” said co-author Alex Ruane of the U.S. NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “It allows for a risk management perspective -- in the hotspot parts of Africa, for instance, even small temperature rises can lead to additional losses that many small farmers simply cannot afford.” (PNA/Xinhua)

PUERTO PRINCESA City--The policy-making body Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) is set to sue the Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) in the southern town of Bataraza for alleged quarrying outside the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) clearance they were issued. In a media interview, Alex Marcaida, spokesperson of the PCSD, said their recent monitoring revealed that the RTNMC is quarrying outside the SEP clearance they were issued in Barangay Rio Tuba, Bataraza. “In the findings of the staff, there was quarrying outside the approved area of the PCSD, or without clearance of the PCSD. But according to RTNMC, the area is included in their mining claim,” said Marcaida. He added that following the discovery of the quarry operations, the RTNMC was given one month to explain but it only sent its lawyer to the execu-

tive committee meeting of the PCSD in Barangay Irawan at the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Provincial Rural Center. The lawyer, said Marcaida, did not explain but instead requested for a time extension to give their side of the issue. The PCSD, headed by outgoing Governor Baham Mitra, reportedly did not give the RTNMC any extension, and inform the lawyer that it will pursue the case against the illegal quarrying operation. In reaction to the findings, Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC) lawyer Grizelda Mayo-Anda said in a local television interview that the NGOs look forward to the filing of the case. She said that despite their many complaints in the past regarding mining violations, which were unable to merit positive outcomes, they are happy that it is now the PCSD that came to realize the violation of RTNMC. The RTNMC is one of the largest nickel mining companies operating in southern Palawan. (PNA)

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Electoral reforms If news reports about the shooting incident involving former Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Jose Benjamin “Benjo” Benaldo Thursday evening last week right that happened right inside his hallowed office in the House of Representatives were to be believed, the incident was meant to call attention to the need for electoral reforms in the country. Reports had it that immediately after Benaldo was brought out of his office for treatment in the nearest hospital, a note said to be in his own hand writing was found on his table. The note was placed underneath an envelope containing cash in P1,000 bills and it reportedly reads, “for electoral reforms.” Police probers say that based on their investigation but sans Benaldo’s own testimony, the incident was selfinduced. But what struck me about this incident is the existence of that alleged note somehow linking his

A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II attempt to take his life as some kind of a sacrifice for electoral reforms. In other words, Benaldo, who lost in his re-election bid, is badly hurt at the process by which he was stripped of his lofty position as a member of the national legislature. Why he was badly hurt by his electoral loss is his to tell. And I will not dare make any speculations here so as not to add agony to the pain being suffered by his family because of that incident that almost took his life. Indeed, the family deserves the privacy they have been asking for from media the moment it was

reported that he attempted to take his life inside his office. But I’d like to focus our discussion on his call for electoral reforms for such call truly deserves attention by everyone. The matter is of interest to all citizens of this country. Since elections were restored with the ouster in 1986 of Ferdinand Marcos who ruled this country for 14 years with an iron fist, the electoral process has retrogressed to levels where it no longer serves as the vehicle through which the people express their will. Even the nomination of candidates

has become a mockery, if not a joke, thus making the elections a choice not between evil and good but between two evils, in almost all contested areas in the country. Whereas before vote buying was only confined in certain localities such as Butuan in Agusan del Norte, since 1986 more and more localities were added to the roster of places where vote buying during elections has become the rule rather than the exception. In fact, in the last mid-term elections, vote buying, I understand, became part and parcel of the whole process. The results of the mid-term elections last May, I gathered, was decided by how much money a candidate could shell out which is bigger than what his opponent could afford. I have no doubt about this even if everyone denies officially that massive vote buying attended last May’s REFORMS | page 8

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THINK a minute. A young woman named Cherie was telling about her childhood. Both her parents worked outside of their home from the time she was a very young girl. Her mother was an actress and was only interested in her own career and selfish ambition, so she spent very little time with her kids. Even when she wasn’t working she was away from home socializing with her friends. Cherie and her brother were left alone everyday, so they got into trouble at a very young age. Their parents finally divorced and her dad remarried.

Cherie was a teenager when she overdosed on drugs and almost died. The next day her stepmother, who was very loving and wise, said this to her: “Cherie, how long are you going to use your past as an excuse for your life now? You can continue hating yourself and blaming others for the way you are, or, you can choose to change.” Well, as a teenage girl Cherie chose to change. After finishing her education, she started her own business and now she travels across her nation as a public speaker to teenage kids, talking to them about their life choices. One person said: “Little people with little hearts

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live their life in little ruts, refusing to change anything in their little world.” So when things are not the way we think they should be, we have two choices: we can keep complaining about them, or start changing them. A wise man said: “Stop complaining about what you have allowed.” It’s kind of like the old saying, “Put up or shut up.” In other words, either do something to help change and improve the situation, or stop complaining about it. We can “light a candle or curse the darkness.” God is just waiting for you to ask for His help to change your dark situation.

But Jesus Christ can’t help you until you ask Him to take charge of your life everyday. If you keep shutting out His light and love, then your life will just stay as it is. Remember, “If things don’t change, they’ll stay the same.” It’s your choice. Just Think a Minute.

for the second kind of peace, that which sometimes refers to a restful mind. It is only when “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ that we can experience the true peace of mind that is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, in other words. Peace is experienced as a result of prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to

God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). A peaceful mind and heart are experienced as a result of recognizing that an all-wise and loving Father has a purpose in our trials. Those who tried to find peace in worldly way will result in vain. Peace of mind and the rest of spirit that accompanies it are only available when we have true peace with God. We all should know that peace of mind is available through the intimate knowledge of, and complete trust in, the God. God’s peace surpasses all understanding. Is there any other peace that can compare to the one that can only be found in Him?

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I happened to chat with one of my old friends way back from high school, centering our conversation on his marital status now, as “separated”. He said now that he and his wife both have their respective lives of their own, he found “peace of mind”. I asked him, “what to you is that peace of mind you are now experiencing?” Here is how he told me. “I am now released from living with the person I never thought would lead me to disgrace”. Disgrace was the word he used to describe his former partner, identifying her of his many dislikes. I counseled him anyway what I learned about “peace of mind” that everyone searches for badly. Most people would define peace of mind as the

The New Generation Alex A. Podador absence of mental stress and anxiety. The literal translation of this phrase is “rest of my spirit.” Paul experienced having no peace of mind when he could not find Titus in one certain place (2 Corinthians 2:13). Peace sometimes refers to a state of friendship between God and man. This peace between a holy God and sinful mankind has been effected by Christ’s sacrificial death. This state of friendship with God is a prerequisite

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DAR, KFI ink MOA for cacao production in M’nao By Edith R. Salvador

CAGAYAN DE ORO, July 1 (PIA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform has signed a memorandum of agreement with Kennemer Foods International, Inc., (KFI) for the development and scaling of cacao production here. Under the MOA, the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries will be assisted in consolidating their produce through block farms. It also aims to assist the private sector to have a steady supply of cacao beans at the same time provide ARBs with access to global markets for cocoa. The project also provides the technology that will help the ARBs increase their income and develop sustainable agribusiness enterprises. It intends to cover 10,000 hectares of ARB lands in Mindanao. In force and effective for a period of three years, the MOA ensures that the ARBs retain the control and possession of their awarded lands.

KFI is an international organization that specializes in growing and trading of high-quality agricultural products particularly fermented cacao beans. Its products and programs encompass complete agricultural value-chain from planting materials, training, agri-technology to market. KFI Pres. Simon Bakker bared that the Philippines’ annual consumption of cocoa is 30,000 tons yet production is only about 6,000 tons a year. This presents a big opportunity for ARBs especially in Mindanao where the climate is suitable for cacao growing. According to Bakker, cacao needs just a little shade which makes it an

DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes signs a MOA with Simon Bakker, President of Kennemer Foods International, Inc., (KFI) for a cacao production project in Mindanao which intends to cover 10,000 hectares of ARB lands, as well as, link industry players to the global market. Witnessing the event are Jerry Pacturan, DAR Undersecretary for Support Services, and May Lynn Lee, KFI Managing Director. (DAR 10)

ideal intercrop for coconut. The DAR has no financial exposure in this undertaking except for the regular funding for

support services that may be given to the ARBs and their organizations involved in the project. S ec. Virgilio de los

Reyes signed in behalf of the DAR during the Land Forum held in the city. DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Jerry

Pacturan witnessed the signing together with May Lynn Lee, KFI Managing Director. (ERSalvador/ DAR-10/PIA)

DAR hands over four Negros haciendas to 244 farmworkers THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) successfully completed the acquisition and distribution of four big sugar estates in Negros Occidental, installing 244 farmworkers in their newlyowned property covering a gross area of almost 500 hectares of land in the cities of Cadiz and Sagay. The farmworkersturned-new landowners erupted into cheers, with some shedding tears of joy, as DAR officials and employees escorted them to their respective haciendas to identify their individual farm lots. The two-day event, which began last Monday, turned into a fiesta as the farmworkers in the sugar estates butchered their stock of pigs and chicken to share simple meals celebrating their transformation into land owners. The biggest landholding distributed to farmworkers was Hacienda Canaan in Barangay Mabini, Cadiz City whose gross area was 386.85 hectares of which 352 hectares were distributed to farmworker beneficiaries after the segregation of the retention area of the landowner and the non-CARPable areas in the landholding such as roads, eroded portions, and others.

Each of the farmworkers in Hacienda Cana-an were given almost three hectares of farm lots as there were only 123 qualified beneficiaries in the sugar estate. The installation in Hacienda Cana-an on the morning of June 24 was the most festive as farmworkers from four farmers’ groups, including Task Force Mapalad, Katarungan and MARA, held their celebration independently of each other. The other group of beneficiaries is locally organized and has no national affiliation. After the installation in Hacienda Cana-an, DAR personnel proceeded to Barangay Bulanon in Sagay City that afternoon to escort 36 farmworkers of Hacienda Vicente in their newlyowned farm lots covering 26.7 hectare. The following day, June 25, DAR personnel trekked two kilometers on the muddy dirt road of Barangay General Luna in Sagay City to install 23 farmworkers in Hacienda Susan, which covers 23.7 hectares of land planted with sugarcane. After lunch that day, the DAR officials and employees proceeded to Hacienda Rosemarie, also in Barangay General Luna, to install 43 farmworkers in the 50-hectare sugar estate. DAR Assistant Secretary

for Field Operations Teofilo Inocencio, who flew from Manila to supervise the installation activities, credited the success of the two-day event to the close coordination among farmers’ organizations and DAR personnel in Negros Occidental. “We hope this level of cooperation among stakeholders in the agrarian reform program will help fast-track CARP implementation in Negros Occidental and replicated in other parts of the country,” Inocencio said. Inocencio explained that installation activities are meant to assist farmworkerbeneficiaries in identifying and occupying their CARPawarded lands. Installation is crucial only in areas where tension may arise between previous landowners and qualified beneficiaries, as well as among farmworkers who are affiliated with different farmers’ organizations. “In most part of the country, the beneficiaries given Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) assume possession of the land without the need of installation. We only resort to installation to prevent the possible outbreak of violence as a result of the land distribution,” he said. hands | page 8


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electoral process. Personally, I knew that indeed electoral contest was settled by how much the candidates could afford to buy votes and how effective their mechanism in ensuring that their money for vote buying was really spent for that illegal purpose. This is something that everyone admits off the record, of course. Candidates nowadays are not even scrutinized for their advocacies and what they stand for anymore. They are scrutinized on how deep their pockets are or how large their campaign war chests are. Gone are the idealisms that went with past elections. Money has become the biggest single factor that determines a candidate’s winning ability. And this is very sad. With money as the single biggest factor that decides our electoral contests, winning in such contests are now solely reserved for the moneyed and those whose candidacies are financed by moneyed individuals or entities. Benaldo’s loss must have been triggered by this fact about our elections nowadays. He for sure must have spent so much. Unfortunately, the people must have thought that as a reelectionist, he should have spent more since he is in power already thus had access to certain funds, public or private, that made him more moneyed than his opponents, they must have thought. This thinking is the surefire formula that made corruption a regular



fare in government. But the people don’t realize this. They continue to push their elective officials to become corrupt with this thinking. With this myriad of problems in our electoral process that everyone tries to ignore or even deny, Benaldo was right in calling attention to the need to have our electoral process reformed. Even if the call came from someone who lost in the last elections, his call should be given due course for in truth and in fact our electoral process indeed needs to be reformed. That process should be restored back to its sacred status of being the vehicle where the voice of the people, which is the voice of God, is freely expressed. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ or at jelbaconii@

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their own culture. In his message during the opening ceremonies, outgoing city mayor Roderick H. Furigay said that the theme reflects the atmosphere of the festival, saying that the Lami-Lamihan festival and parochial fiesta is “our way of thanking the Almighty for a bountiful and fruitful year.” “The Lamiteños had been always known to be happy people, peace-loving and God-fearing,” he said. He noticed that some of the Yakan youth tend to forget their culture, thus, there is a need for older generation to show them how to appreciate their culture. “I am proud of my ancestry. I

Fitness Equipment for a healthy you EMERSON P. JACALAN Proper diet and exercise is the key to a healthy body. To have that, you must eat foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals especially the green leafy vegetables. Exercise plays a great role in attaining a healthy body. Exercise has a variety of types it could be in a form of dancing, sports and by the use of some fitness equipment to help you for your exercise. What is the nice thing about this exercise? It helps you to be active both mentally and physically and using the fitness equipment it can attainable. The following are the commonly used fitness equipment found in gym or at home: treadmills, this is good for your cardio and would enhance your circulation. Exercise bikes, this is one way to burn your excess fats that is unnecessary for the body and improve your muscle in your lower leg. Weights and bars, this is usually

use by men who wants to enhance their muscles primarily their biceps and triceps. Balance ball, is intended for improving once balance and is good in your cardiovascular system. Boxing equipment, consisting of a punching bag is fit for athletes especially to those who are into boxing. This is also believe that it is a great stress reliever and is a good sport for your cardio, no wonder why many are into boxing. In today’s fast phasing world where everyone is busy with so much concern health is taken for granted. The fitness equipment reminds us to have a work out to improve the condition of our body. A healthy body would only prove that you are leaving a healthy lifestyle. Many of the diseases of today are due to stress and unhealthy lifestyle and so getting yourself into workout will prevent you into such health condition that you are afraid of. Go and be healthy.

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City ROBELLE FEGIDERO ANDUTAN. Petitioner,

CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-065


ERWIN BARANGAN BIRONDO, Respondent x----------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by petitioner and alleging among others: That petitioner and respondent are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on October 28, 2000 at San Carlos City, petitioner-wife converted to Islam faith, of which conversion to Islam were Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at their residents at Poblacion, Iligan City and Teacher’s Village, Brgy., 11, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental respectively: That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between them and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more than six (6) years already, they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs: Petitioner’s seek, judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on October 28, 2000 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden: Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed hut all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this ease on July 4, 2013 at 9:00 am. at which time date, and place, any interested party may appear and show why this petitioner should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED Iligan City, Philippines, this 18th day of June, 2013. HON OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

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News In Focus am a product of Christian and Muslim intermarriage,” he added. Incoming mayor-elect Rose U. Furigay, wife of the outgoing mayor affirmed that the Yakan youth need to be re-introduced to their own culture and for the rest of the community to be acquainted with it for sometimes this tribe is often misunderstood. “The Yakans are gentle people,” she said. Meanwhile, Congressman Jim S. Hataman Salliman gave value to celebration, especially when this is spent with the family. “We need to educate our young people to be proud of their culture,” he said. The Yakans are closeknit families and it is in the family that culture is introduced and flourished eventually when shared by the community, like the Yakan common rituals, such as meggunting (baptism), megtimbang (weighing), megtammat (Qur-an reading graduation), and the Yakan traditional musical and dance showcases. In this year’s celebration, young people takes centerstage as they display skills playing various traditional musical instruments and the famous Yakan backloom weaving. Moreover, various schools from the elementary to the tertiary levels participated in the street dancing competition on the third day of the festivities.

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The Yakans settled originally in Basilan island and in the early seventies, due to political unrest which

led the armed conflicts between the militant Muslims and government solders, some of them settled in the region of Zamboanga City. The Yakan Village in Upper Calarian is famous among local and foreign tourists because of their art of weaving. Traditionally, they have used plants like pineapple and abaca converted into fibers as basic material for weaving. Using herbal extracts from leaves, roots and barks, the Yakans dyed the fibers and produced colorful combinations and intricate designs. The seputangan is the most intricate design worn by the women around their waist or as a head cloth. The palipattang is patterned after the color of the rainbow while the bunga-sama, after the python. Almost every Yakan fabric can be described as unique since the finished materials are not exactly identical. Differences may be seen in the pattern or in the design or in the distribution of colors. Contacts with Christian Filipinos and the American Peace Corps brought about changes in the art and style of weaving. Many resorted to the convenience of chemical dyes and they started weaving table runners, placemats, wall decor, purses and other items which are not present in a traditional Yakan house. In other words, the natives catered because of economic reason to the needs of their customers. New designs were introduced like kennakenna, patterned after a fish; dawen-dawen, after the leaf of a vine; pene mata-mata, after the shape of an eye or the kabang buddi, the

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CIVIL CASE N0. 2013-076

RICHARD E. GALLO AND AGRIPINA D. OCHO-GALL0. Petitioners. x---------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Joint Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others. That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on May 27, 1999 at Dimiao Bohol, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at their residents Dimiao, Bohol and Del Carmen, Iligan City respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more than ten (10) years already, since early part of 2003, they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on May 27, 1999 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden. Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on July 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why this petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED Iligan City, Philippines, this 18th day of June, 2013. HON OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

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“In some areas, tension is still high between the previous landowners and the beneficiaries. In other areas, the tension comes from different farmers’ groups that have conflicting claims on individual farm lots,” he added. Unlike in rice lands where tenants occupy specific farm lots, Inocencio noted that farmworkers in haciendas have no permanent farm lots to claim as their own. “We embark on installation activities also to help farmworkers identify the specific farm lots that they will now own,” he said. The successful installation activities in Negros Occidental was part of the DAR’s ongoing efforts to distribute all CARP-covered lands before President Aquino’s term ends in 2016. At the beginning of January 2013, there are still 93,000 landholdings covering 870,000 hectares that remain undistributed under the agrarian reform program. Of this total, more than 15,558 landholdings covering a gross area of more than 162,000 hectares of Phase 1-3A lands have been tagged as problematic due to pending cases or technical problems. The technical problems in the land registration and titling system include missing titles, destroyed titles, and erroneous technical descriptions (open parcels, overlapping boundaries, timberlands that have private titles, etc.). In Negros Occidental, for example, around 50,000 hectares of covered land-

holdings (as of the end of December 2012) have problems with technical descriptions that, when plotted, do not close (open parcels). DAR Central Office personnel, in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Land Registration Authority (LRA), managed to resolve these errors for 8,900 hectares during the first quarter of 2013. Of the remaining 870,000 hectares, an estimated 175,000 hectares will be retention areas of landowners. Under the law, a landowner may retain a maximum five hectares of land. According to DAR officials, the remaining 695,000 hectares would be distributed to agrarian reform beneficiaries as follows: 160,000 hectares (2013); 240,707 hectares (2014); 180,707 hectares (2015); and 112,767 (January to June 2016). DAR officials remain optimistic that the department has undertaken enough measures and reforms necessary, including closer coordination with other CARP-implementing agencies, to complete the land distribution in 2016.


Republic of the Philippines Region X Province of Lanao del Norte MUNICIPALITY OF KAPATAGAN R.A. 10172 Form No. (LCRO) NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that Judelyn B. Laborte has filed with this Office a petition for correction of clerical error in his Gender from “Female” to “Male” in the Certificate of Live Birth of Judelyn B. Laborte who was born on July 19, 1985 at Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte and whose parents are Elizer Laborte and Josefina Bendoy. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than August 2013. (Sgd.) LOURDES A. FUENTES Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: JUNE 26, & JULY 3, 2013

Republic of the Philippines LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that JESSIE C. QUIACHON has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JESSIE SUDARIA COMILANG who was born on July 31, 1971 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are FELIX COSIP COMILANG and JUANA GORE SUDARIA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than July 5, 2013. (Sgd.) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: JUNE 26, & JULY 3, 2013

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Dust 514 is a free-to-play first-person shooter that’s being incorporated into the EVE universe, acting essentially an action MMO for consoles. The game offers a mix of first-person shooting and real-time strategy gameplay where you play as a marine with a rifle running around on the ground. It’s not only set in the EVE universe, it’s actually connected to EVE. The Dust battlefields will determine who controls territory within EVE’s world.

The EVE Online players will have to contract players of Dust to go in and destabilize territory.

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davao news

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Davao police need patrol cars, SWAT gears, radios By Rudolf Ian G. Alama

DAVAO City--The Davao City Police chief has drawn up a wish list of police equipment which he will request from newly-sworn Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The wish list includes patrol vehicles, SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) gears, and new communication radios for the city’s police force.

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and there was no let-up. “We can solve this problem in three to four months time,” he told members of the media from the cities of Davao and Digos. But he said he would need a provincial director of the Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office (DDSPPO) whom he could work with and would share his vision. Presently, Sr. Supt Ronaldo Llanera is still sitting as the DDSPPO director and anytime soon he would be reportedly replaced by Sr. Supt. Michael Dubria, the deputy regional director for intelligence at the Police Regional Office 11. Llanera was never around during the oath-taking ceremony but Dubria attended the activity. (PNA)

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for moving, shooting and communication. “The PNP’s movement would be enhanced if we have more patrol cars,” he said. Dela Rosa said that at present, each PNP station has one to three units. However, the urban stations including Stations 1,2,3,4, and 5 would be more effective with up to six patrol cars. The outlying stations can make do with up to three patrol cars, he said, but wished that the stations in Paquibato, Baguio, Marilog and Toril will be equipped with 4x4 vehicles since most of the areas here have a rough terrain. He said the existing patrol cars of the city are more than 10 years old but are thriving because of good maintenance. They also need radios to bolster PNP Davao’s communication system, he added. The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team needs additional equipment like tear gas and tactical lights. He said they also need stun grenade and long firearms that could cost up to P20

DCPO chief Senior Superintendent Ronald Dela Rosa said that foremost among the needs are new patrol cars for the police stations since the current lot are already 10 years old and ready to be replaced. He said it is okay for a police station to have one to three patrol cars but ideally, a police station should have six patrol vehicles. DCPO has

12 police stations. According to its website, the DCPO has one mobile patrol group with about 20 vehicles and is tasked to conduct mobile police visibility and respond to police emergencies. Dela Rosa prefers the simple AUVs (Asian Utility Vehicles) such as the jitney type Tamaraw FX since it can accommodate more pas-

sengers. Aside from vehicles, Dela Rosa also will need equipment for its 30-man SWAT team like M4 rifles, Kevlar vests, tear gas and stun grenades. He said the recent incident when a SWAT team stormed the hide-out of suspected drug-pushers, the SWAT team have used the last of their tear gas. “If an incident like that

happens again, we no longer have any tear gas to use,” Dela Rosa said. The DCPO chief also said they will need new radios for their communication systems. Dela Rosa did not give the budget for his wish list but he said the 30 pieces of M4 rifles alone cost around P20 million. Although the city mayor and Dela Rosa have not yet

set a meeting, Duterte, during his oath-taking speech has re-emphasized his tough policy against criminality. Dela Rosa also said the DCPO personnel will also be receiving their brand-new Glock sidearms. Last year the Philippine National Police purchased 60,000 Glock 17 Gen4 9mm pistols for the country’s policemen. (RIGAPIA 11)

million. He said they were thankful because they were about to receive Glock 17 pistols from Camp Crame. He said Crame prioritized Davao City for the new generation pistols maybe because of the “good performance” of the PNP here. Dela Rosa said there is also a need for more training to enhance the skills of the police.(PNA)

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firearms provided by the government. The PNP has finalized a distribution list for the initial delivery of 22,603 Glock 17 pistols that arrived in February and May. The Glock safe-action pistol is currently in service in almost 60 percent of national police forces and law enforcement agencies in Europe, America and Asia. The Glock 17 Gen 4 successfully passed the series of functional and operational tests conducted by the PNP including the 20,000 rounds endurance firing test. Purisima gave orders to prioritize issuance of the new handguns to PNP units stationed in major tourist destinations and urban centers, including the 254 graduates of PNPA Class 2013. Purisima said that only personnel who have passed training on firearms proficiency and firearms maintenance are eligible for issuance of the Glock 17. He said the latest addition of 59,904 handguns to the PNP’s current inventory will ensure an unprecedented 100 percent fill-up in the requirement for sidearms to fully equip the 148,000-strong national police force. At present, Purisima said that the PNP only has an assortment of 73,797 short firearms in service, mostly acquired from previous procurements over the years. According to Purisima, the PNP was able to save

SHARING IS LOVING. A shoe repair man shares his modest lunch with the doves outside the Davao City Hall building. ( photo by Ace R. Morandante)

P200-million from this recent purchase of 59,904 handguns worth P998-million, from out of a P1.2billion outlay from the Office of the President. The Directorate for Logistics is eyeing to utilize the P200-million savings for an additional order of some 12,000 more handguns. Purisima said there will be ample supply of handguns in the inventory to equip all 148,000 members of the PNP with enough surplus to equip recruits who will join the force in the coming years. PNP initially closed a deal with distributor Trust Trade Philippines-Glock Asia for 59,904 pistols priced at P16,000 per unit from its original market value of around P40,000. Since it saved some P200 million from its original P1.2 billion budget, the savings was used to buy some 14,000 more units recently. Aside from the handguns, the PNP is also planning to buy some P2 billion worth of patrol cars. With PNA report

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Environment and Natural Resources 4-B and KICTIPC. Recililla said the training covers the courses on the “Overview of Philippine Tourism Industry, Current Trends and Culture of Tourism, History of Kidapawan”; “Indigenous Communities and Cultures of the people in Mt. Apo”; “Appreciation of Tribal Culture: Manobo Dances and Interpretation”; “Philippine Flora and Fauna focus on the Mt. Apo Natural Park”; “Introduction to Guest Relations, Reception and Guiding Techniques”; “Effective Customer Service/ Work Values Formation”; “Duties and Responsibilities of Tourist Guide/Dos and Don’ts”; “First Aid/Basic Life Support”; “Jungle survival, Map and Compass Reading”; “Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC); Climb Preparation/ Planning; Camp Management; Camp Equipment-

intro and usage, Leave No Trace Principles”; “SRT Preparing Tour Itinerary and Conducting Tour Commentary”; and “Sustainable Tourism and Ecology Land Navigation/Orienteering”. The participants who will pass the training will be given full accreditation as certified local Mountain Guide of Mt. Apo, Recililla added. Among the partners that provide technical support in the implementation of the project are the Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 57th IB, Naturalist Guide, National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) and Mt. Apo Foundation Inc. (PNA)

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5. Roberto A. Abad -P43.4 million; 6. Jose C. Mendoza -P29,982,165.66; 7. Diosdado M. Peralta -- P29,382,037.60; 8. Lucas P. Bersamin -P26,119,275.39; 9. Martin S. Villarama, Jr. -- P21,911,495.36; 10. Maria Lourdes P. A r a n a l S e r e n o - P18,143,104.01; 11. Arturo D. Brion -P11,908,742; 12. Jos e P. Pere z -P11,760,000.00; 13. Teresita J. LeonardoDe Castro -- P8,941,000.00; 14. Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr. -- P8,679,740.49; and 15. Marvic Mario Victor Leonen -- P1,674,623.22. PNA

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Phoenix Accelerate Vega National Dragster leg in Davao a success


eading independent oil company Phoenix Petroleum Philippines powered the 2nd leg of this year’s Phoenix Accelerate Vega National Dragster 1/8 Mile Bracket Racing Competition held on June 21 and 22 at Speed City Crocodile Park, Davao City.

About 50 to 60 cars took part in the event that was participated by racers from as far as General Santos City, Cagayan, Cebu and Manila. “This is just the second leg of our 2013 drag race series. We still have more to come. We also have three car shows this year, one in Tagum City this July, one in General Santos City in October, and another one in November in Davao,” said Davao

Drag Racing Association President and Ground Image Team Manager Elben Pang. The event was for the benefit of the Missionaries of Charity, an institution that takes care of the abandoned young and old. Ground Image is the newest Phoenix Accelerate Vega Drag Race Ambassador of Phoenix Petroleum. Under the memorandum of agreement signed on March 6, 2013, Ground

Image will now carry the name Team Phoenix Accelerate Vega/Ground Image Racing Team in all their events. Pho e n i x Pe t rol e u m Philippines is the leading independent oil company with an expanding network of operations nationwide. It is engaged in the business of trading refined petroleum products and lubricants, operation of oil depots and storage facilities, and allied services.

MINDANAO DAILY Executive Editor for Northern Mindanao Ruel Villanueva Pelone receieves the Certificate of Appreciation from the staff of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Caraga region after the just-held PIOs-Mindanao Daily Collaborative Forum 2013 held at PRO-13 Conference Hall, Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City. Photo by Rolando Sudaria

Globe Telecom e-newsletter Altered shortlisted at PRWeek Awards Asia Globe Telecom’s official transformation e-newsletter, Altered, has been shortlisted in the Corporate Publications category at the PRWeek Awards Asia. Altered was conceptualized in step with a holistic transformation being undertaken by the company that includes a $790 million network and IT modernization initiatives. “Globe Telecom’s transformation initiatives involved many moving parts in the organization. For our initiatives to succeed, our employees must have a deep understanding of what these changes were all about and how they

impact our business, especially our customers. Having the proper communications tool to do this makes a difference,” said Yoly Crisanto, head of Corporate Communications, explaining how Altered came about. From an initial distribution audience of 1,500, who are members of transformation project core teams, Altered now has a company-wide audience of close to 6,000 individuals, according to Crisanto. “Our approach with Altered is out of the box, hig hly energized, and people-focused. A lot of its content is also crowd sourced. We are proud of

how Altered has become an important instrument in communicating the critical changes happening in the company and the recognition it has generated in the process,” she added. Winners at the PRWeek Awards Asia will be announced June 27. Now on its 12th year, the Asia-Pacific PR Awards seeks to honor clients and agencies for the strategies, people and achievements that have transformed businesses and brands. It seeks to highlight campaigns and research that displays revolutionary and pioneering strategies that drive the public relations industry forward.

Phoenix Petroleum Asst. Brand and Marketing Manager Neb Bulaclac awards the Class A winners of the Phoenix Accelerate Vega National Dragster 2nd Leg held on June 21 and 22 at Speed City Crocodile Park, Davao City. Winners are first placer Benjie Pang, second placer Yong Suguianto, and third placer Elben Pang.

DepEd supports Run 2 Plant In support of the National Greening Program of President Benigno Aquino III, the Department of Education (DepEd) 7 Cebu Provincial Office has scheduled monthly tree planting and greening day starting June 29 until March 29 next year. Part of the division memorandum of agreement (MOA) issued by Dr. Arden D. Monisit, schools division superintendent, students, teachers, school administrators, non-teaching personnel, and parents are required to participate in the Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) GREENIN Philippines Program on June 29. The schedule for the monthly tree planting and greening day are as follows: June 29, July 27, August 31, September 28, October 26, November 30, December 14, January 25, February 22, and March 29. According to Monisit, fruit or forest tree seedlings will be prepared and taken care of in all school nurseries before the tree planting and greening day. For growth enhancement of the newly planted seedlings, organic fertilizer and loam soil will also be prepared. The use of tree guards to protect the seedlings from stray animals is strongly encouraged. Planting and monitoring of growing trees will be done by all elementary and secondary school teachers, tree planting coordinators,

school administrators, nonteaching personnel, PTA, and other stakeholders who are involved in the National Greening Program (NGP). For this year’s Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines, it will be held simultaneously in the 40 municipalities and cities of the Cebu province and regions outside of Visayas. In Metro Cebu, Naga City and Cordova will anchor the central events. It supports the ridge (Naga City) to reef (Cordova) perspective in biodiversity enhancement that takes into account enhancing not only upland vegetation but also coastal areas. In Naga City, participants may contact Boy Hilado of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office at 489-8989. Participants in the Cordova run may contact Joy Baguio of the Department of Agriculture at 236-3812 or Lily Ator of the Office of Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator at 236-4194. Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines is held annually every last Saturday of June in celebration of the Environmental Month. This event is in line with the national government’s National Greening Program (NGP) and tied to the DILG’s Billion Trees Program under NGP. Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines, one of the components of GREENIN Philippines Program, is a fun run and

planting activity that provides a venue for every Filipino to contribute in rehabilitating and protecting our environment. It aims to expand the forest cover of the country. The event is designed to promote healthy lifestyle by running and environment conservation by planting native tree species that will become vibrant forests in the next few years. GREENIN Philippines Program, which stands for Generation REdemption and Expansion of Natural resources INitiatives in the Philippines Program, is one of the programs under RAFI's Integrated Development focus area. It aims to replicate best practices in environmental protection, conservation, and rehabilitation to more places in the country for a greener Philippines. GREENIN Philippines Program is a program under the Integrated Development focus area of RAFI, addressing the foundations needed to develop successful communities. Its other focus areas include Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education. For more information about the GREENIN Philippines Program, please contact 418-7234 loc. 515 and look for Noel Fornolles, or visit or www.facebook. com/, or follow @ rafiorgph on Twitter.

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